The composition process is usually defined by where you start. Tracktion will capture whatever you choose to begin with be it a loop, recorded track, microphone or instrument. And because Tracktion gives you everything you need while never getting in your way, it does more than capture your performances – it inspires them.
Tracktion’s integrated Loop Browser is a big time-saver when you’re writing music. It lets you pull up a massive variety of pre-recorded music loops in the widest possible range of file formats. The Loop Browser pre-organizes these loops by “instruments”, “genres” and “descriptors” (single, ensemble, part, fill, acoustic, etc.). You can further narrow by “key” (major, minor, both, neither), and finally via a “search” field where you can type in keywords. So you just narrow your search, then click through the loops to audition them. Once you find the loop you like, drag it into the Arrange Window.
Time Stretching / Pitch Shifting
At first, Time Stretching and Pitch Shifting may seem a bit out of place in a section on “Composition.” But that’s only until you use these powerful tools in action. In the case of Tracktion’s high-quality Time Stretching, it lets you radically adjust the tempo of various loops and samples – or even your own recorded tracks – and bring them into your current creation with superb results. Pitch Shifting lets you put instruments and samples that were originally played in other keys into your song, making it sound as if they were played expressly for your current creation. Imagine taking an old ballad vocal and time stretching it up 20 beats per minute for your new dance track. Or getting your drummer to play that song 10 beats per minute slower – without ever having to talk to him, of course. With built-in Time Stretching and Pitch Shifting, it’s that easy.
It used to be that recording musicians were limited to the actual instruments that they and their friends owned. No longer. The amount and quality of virtual instruments on the market today is staggering. This is why Tracktion has been made compatible with all current virtual instruments. So, choose your weapons and carve away!
For recording performance information from an external MIDI device (like a keyboard or sampler), Tracktion features a powerful-yet-streamlined MIDI editor. This MIDI editor – widely acclaimed in the previous version of Tracktion – has been optimized for even greater speed and ease of use, whether you’re recording frantically from your synth or doing detailed editing of a performance with the MIDI pencil tool. And like everything Tracktion, the MIDI editor is a snap to use, so you’ll keep your composition flowing right along.
QUICKTIME™ Video Integration
For those composing music for video, Tracktion supports QuickTime video playback. Just select a movie and start tracking – compose music, add effects, replace your dialog, and win your Oscar®. This opens up a world of project studio post-production to Tracktion users. And since both Tracktion and QuickTime are cross-platform compatible, it’s as easy to share video projects as it is audio.